James – BSc Business Analytics

James is currently a second year BSc Business Analytics student in the Leeds University Business School.

Why did you choose your degree?

I chose to study Business Analytics because I wanted to gain practical skills that I could use in internships and in jobs after I graduate. The thing I enjoy most about my subject is the variety that I have from my discovery modules in addition to the practical skills and knowledge that a game during my compulsory and optional modules.

What have you found most challenging about university?

For me, the most challenging part of university has been balancing my time between extracurricular activities, such as societies and University work. I am an active member of 6 societies and I’m on the committee for 2 societies which means that I spend a lot of time outside of my studies representing these societies. This means that I have to schedule my time in order to ensure that I do the correct amount of university work alongside being able to take part in all the activities that I want to.

What did you study at school and/or college?

For my GCSE options I chose Music, PE, German and Economics. I enjoyed studying this range of subjects as it was interesting to study things such as Music and PE versus the more academic side of Economics and German. For my A-levels I chose to study Economics, Maths and Law. This is because I thought I wanted to do an Economics degree at the start of A levels and felt that the combination of Maths, Economics and Law would enable me to have a good base knowledge to start my degree with. I had also never studied Law before, and was interested in learning more about it. Although I thought that Economics and Maths would be helpful to my degree, I also enjoyed studying them which is another reason why I chose them. I found that the broad base of subjects that I chose at both GCSE and A level have helped me during my degree by giving me a good knowledge base and being able to learn in different styles.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Leeds?

I chose to study at Leeds for several reasons. The first is that it is ranked very highly for the degrees that I was interested in. I also saw that it was a triple accredited business school which shows that the standard of teaching and resources available to students is very high. During the open days I also felt very at home on the campus and I liked the accommodation that the university had available to first-year students. The idea that you could choose Discovery modules that were not related to your degree was also something that interested me as I like to study range of different subjects rather than focus specifically on one. Finally, the number of clubs and societies at the university has to offer is very attractive to someone like me who likes to try new things and get involved in lots of sports. All of these made Leeds stand out more than any of the university that I visited.

Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?

I have been involved in a lot of extracurricular activities during my time at university. I’m on the executive committee of two societies, and I’m an active member of an additional 4 societies. Societies are really great way to meet people that you wouldn’t have otherwise has the chance to meet. They’re also a great way to get involved in different things. For example, I have completed running races from Exeter all the way through to Edinburgh through the university. I have also completed external networking events with investment banks and other companies through my societies. The range of societies at Leeds from academic through to sports or hobbies is brilliant and it’s a real chance to enhance your studies.

What are your experiences of accommodation whilst at university?

In my first year, I lived in Oxley Halls in the university accommodation. Living in halls was a great way to meet people through the extra events that they run during fresher’s week and also throughout the year. It also helps living in accommodation if it is your first time away from home; everybody is in the same boat and so you can help each other. In my second year I lived in private residence through a landlord in Leeds. There’s lots of accommodation in Leeds for students to find so that is definitely not an issue and most of the landlords are very helpful and friendly. Also, the University offers lots of advice and help when choosing landlords and accommodation after the first year.

What is the best bit of advice you would give to your 16-year old self?

My top tips for applying for university would be to go to all the Open Days (if you can!), ask questions, and look at the league tables to make sure the university you want is competitive and suits you. It is also worth considering things like what societies are available and the extracurricular opportunities that are available to you to enhance your studies further than just the academic point of view.

Sum up your university experience (so far!) in one sentence!

Useful, fun and even better than I anticipated!